Young mathematicians shine in national competition

UKMT Maths Challenge

Students at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College put their problem solving skills to the test to be named amongst the brightest young mathematicians in the country.

58 students received their certificates during a presentation last week recognising their success in the UKMT (United Kingdom Maths Trust) Maths Challenge.

The prestigious competition involves around 100,000 young mathematicians from across the country, with almost all of Sir John Deane's students who took part in the challenge receiving a gold, silver or bronze award.

Students Emma Lord, Joshua Appleton and Harmann Bansal were amongst an elite group of Gold Award winners, which, as a result, automatically saw them qualify for the British Maths Olympiad.

Emma, a former Weaverham High School student, later went on to qualify for the second round of the competition as one of only 100 students in the country. She was also invited to take part in an UKMT training camp in Hungary.

Michael Griffiths, Head of Mathematics at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College said: “Congratulations to all the winners, all of whom are extremely talented and natural mathematicians with a bright future ahead of them. 

“Emma, Josh and Harmann in particular did remarkably well to qualify for the Olympiad where they competed against the top 1,000 mathematicians in the country and we wish them all the best in their future competitions."